Administrative Professionals Conference

In July, Learning & Talent Development (L&TD) hosted an Administrative Professionals’ Conference on the College Park campus.  Over 100 administrative professionals attended the conference, with the theme “Today Is All About You.”  The conference accomplished a number of important objectives, among them, to provide an opportunity for administrative professionals to think critically about their personal well being, career development, and workplace effectiveness. 

The first Keynote Speaker was Vice Admiral Raquel Bono, Director, Defense Health Agency Medical Corps, United States Navy.  Vice Admiral Bono has the distinction of being the first female medical corps officer to attain the rank of Vice Admiral in U.S. Navy history and she is the highest ranking female of Asian Pacific Islander descent in U.S. Military history.  Bono is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and has an Executive MBA from the Carson College of Business at Washington State University.

The second Keynote Speaker was Ms. Jewel Washington, Assistant Vice President for University Human Resources since February 2015.  Ms. Washington holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, guidance and counseling from Eastern New Mexico University and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University.  She is certified in a variety of leadership development instruments, including Development Dimensions International (DDI), Myers Briggs, and Blanchard’s Situational Leadership.

Both keynote speakers encouraged conference attendees to consider their personal impact on their units, departments, and divisions, and their role at UMD.   Participants were motivated to continue searching for opportunities to demonstrate passion, joy, and inspiration in their daily work and broaden their sphere of influence.

Colleagues throughout the campus and from USM institutions facilitated workshops during three session blocks.  The list of workshops included:

  • Thriving at Work: Why Being Engaged at Work is Good for You – Katie Hershey Conlon
  • Personal & Community Care Amid Social Unrest – Dr. Carlton Green
  • Building Balance Into Your Life – Laura Tan & Ms. Angela Jackson
  • The Importance of Networking & Making Professional Connections – Linda LeNoir
  • Managing Your Manager – Art Dwight
  • Working Well – Tips to Enhance Your Health at Work – Rosemary Lindle
  • UMD Policy & Resources for Successful Social Media Management – Katie Lawson & Ms. Danielle Tarr
  • Stand Out and Step Up – Mary Harrison
  • Generating Quality Content for Newsletters & Utilizing Student Employees for Assistance – Andrew Muir

Each of the sessions reflected the interconnectedness of personal wellbeing, career development, and workplace effectiveness.  Based on a survey completed by many campus  administrative professionals prior to the conference, the workshops featured interactive activities, discussions with colleagues, and inspiring content.  Opportunities for introspection, engagement, and networking were cornerstones of this professional development experience.  Participants were offered strategies to prioritize their mental and physical health, engage in meaningful and purposeful work, manage social media content, negotiate challenging interpersonal relationships, and connect with colleagues to explore developmental opportunities.  The concept of personal wellness was explored, as well as what it means to work in an engaged and inclusive workplace.  Katie Hershey Conlon from the Center for Leadership and Organizational Change (CLOC) facilitated a session connected to the Thriving Workplace Initiative (TWI).  More information about TWI can be found here:

This year’s conference was co-chaired by Cyn Trombly Allen and Lauren Pazornick of the L&TD.

A number of UHR colleagues helped to make the event possible:  Jacqueline Richmond, Karen Proctor, Art Dwight, Angela Jackson and Cristophoros Beck.  The event received high praise and many participants commented on the high level of quality and outstanding care that characterized the conference.

A special thank you to the following campus departments that provided donations and support to the conference:  Public Safety, Division of Information Technology, Residential Facilities, Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences , Dining Services, University Recreation & Wellness, Conferences & Visitor Services, Clark School of Engineering, University Alumni Association, Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy, the Department of Transportation Services, College of Information Studies and Speckworks, Inc. Also to our presenters from Bowie State University, Center for Leadership and Organizational Change, Department of Resident Life,  Office of Sustainability, School of Public Health, University Career Center & the President’s Promise, University Counseling Center, and University Marketing & Communications

The Administrative Professionals’ Conference created so much buzz that in the upcoming year L&TD will work to identify additional professional development opportunities for Administrative Professionals.  In the meantime, check out for a list of professional development opportunities available to all UMD employees.

Last updated: March 16, 2017

Last updated: March 16, 2017